Outgate - Mute City EP [rtn005]
it would seem jani rantanen is on a productive roll. under his outgate pseudonym, he treated us to the machinae ep back in january, and now he returns with more -though altogether different- intricate tech sounds.
routine number five is called the mute city ep, and it's a mixed release in a fashion much like yasahi's when earth fell on the moon ep (flw002). having described the whole as "a deep, ambient like dip into tech land", jani starts off at "central" with clicks, pads and noises, and takes us along from there, for a ride that touches down at all points of the compass. like being lost in the helsinki subway system, a 117 bpm laidback urban tech journey ensues.
presuming you have a pulse, you should be checking it out. go ride the tube for a while.
This is a mixed EP. A proper .cue file is included. The individual tracks are as follows:
00:00 - 03:30: "Central"
03:30 - 08:40: "North"
08:40 - 14:06: "East"
14:06 - 19:42: "South"
19:42 - 23:55: "West"
December 2, 2008
...This is something I've had in my collection for over six months, and figured it was time to comment on it.
I didn't like it at first. It seemed too minimal and redundant.
Then it grew on me. It's now one of my more-often played pieces in iTunes... and I have a very small, hand-picked collection. I'm a musical snob.
It *is* minimal. It *is* redundant. But in a trance-inducing way. The sounds are dark (VERY dark) and deep and sublimely electronic, and the rhythms overlap curiously well.
The "East" stretch of this piece--I really do think of this as one continuous piece--is perhaps my favourite... but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
An awe-inspiring, foreboding journey. I don't often use that word (journey) to describe music... it's cheesy and blatantly overused. But in this case, it's the right fit. This piece really takes you somewhere.
Excellent driving music. Or to listen to while falling asleep, assuming you're fond of dark dreams.
Well worth the download, though it may take quite a few listens before it really sinks in. Or, rather, before you sink into it.
January 17, 2008
The Great Outgate